Jan 30, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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RTVF 157 - Film Genres

Semester Hours: 3

Once a year
Studies of genre cinema emphasizing critical, historical, and aesthetic analyses of significant types of motion pictures. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: film comedy, the Western, melodrama, the musical, science fiction and animated film.

FALL 2020 - Current Offering


What is the “enchanting” and enduring appeal of fantasy and fairy tale films? Why do such seemingly simple and formulaic stories continue to exist as part of our cinematic world?

In this course we will explore the intersecting history and tropes of fairy tale and fantasy films. We will examine the character archetypes, motifs, and deeper cultural significance in such iconic films as King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess Bride, The Shape of Water, The Babadook and others. While considering the ongoing cultural possibilities for interpretation and reinterpretation, we will discuss such sub-genres as Nightmare Mother Goose, Dark fantasy/horror, Meta, Musical, Weird Worlds, Portal Quests, Magical Realism, Genre/Gender Fluidity, Disneyfication, Not-so-futuristic science fiction, and more.  Finally, we will look at how each genre provides filmmakers with a space for imaginative, alternative, and experimental ways of constructing narratives that investigate the human – and often inhuman – condition.



Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
RTVF 010 . May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

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